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Make America Relate Again

Samia Mounts

Political despair getting you down? Join host Samia Mounts, a liberal Hillary Clinton voter, as she travels the country having compassionate, respectful political conversations with female Trump voters. Political bigotry is tearing our nation apart, causing rifts between family members and breaking up friendships. It's counterproductive to everyone's agenda to alienate each other. Let's try to relate instead. Detailed fact-checks in the Show Notes for each episode at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.

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Sep 11, 2018 Samia Mounts
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For the final episode of MARA, I'm catching up with some of the women from Season 1. You'll hear short update conversations with Ellen from S1EP1, Anne from S1EP7, and Sarah from S1EP8. If you haven't heard the original conversations, I recommend checking them out before listening to this episode. The significance of releasing a finale for a show that attempts to unite Americans on 9/11 is not lost on me. Thank you for listening. It's been an honor to bring these conversations into your ears.
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In this episode, I'm interviewing Dolly Chugh, an award-winning social psychologist who just released an incredible book about implicit bias. The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias is for anyone who strives to always do better in the fight toward true equality for all, and it shows us the many ways we can miss our own blind spots - and how we can do better. In today's political sphere, this kind of self-reflection and gathering of diverse perspectives is more important than...
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Aug 28, 2018 Samia Mounts
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This week on MARA, I'm bringing you two women of color, and I apologize that it took this long to make this happen. Tiffani Jones is an aspiring politician who was advised to change her party from Democrat to Republican to increase her chances at making a real difference. Maleena Lawrence is a progressive activist and community organizer who shares my tendency to put ideas like "collective consciousness" and "spiritual awakening" into the realm of politics. More at...
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Aug 21, 2018 Samia Mounts
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Ricky and Bradley are cousins who grew up in coal country - southern West Virginia. Ricky is a left-leaning libertarian who has a real problem with liberal messaging. He says it alienates conservatives and undecided voters, and can't understand why, when polls show that most of the country agrees with liberal policies, liberals can't seem to win elections. Bradley is a hardcore liberal who thinks the liberal message is mostly just doing the right thing. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Aug 14, 2018 Samia Mounts
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Jacob is what he likes to call a disillusioned conservative and a military veteran, who feels strongly that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality is offensive to our military community and the flag. Maurice is a black man and former football player who thinks players should have a right to use their platform to effect positive social change. Yet these two still found way to relate to each other find common ground. More at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Aug 7, 2018 Samia Mounts
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Randy Lioz is a Better Angels workshop organizer and liberal with some strong opinions about morality as it pertains to immigration policy. Keith Holland is a conservative with an evangelical Christian background, for whom morality has been a major concern his whole life. The central question of this conversation: do we as Americans have a moral responsibility to maintain open borders? Or does morality demand we take care of our own first? More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Jul 31, 2018 Samia Mounts
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Cindy and Diana Kyser are sisters who only a year ago found themselves screaming at each other over politics. Cindy, a conservative, found the show through Better Angels, and she thought MARA would be a great place to work toward a better understanding of her liberal sister. This conversation is my favorite one I've ever recorded for the show. These two women found a way to take a breath and ask, "Why?" before jumping off the rails at a dissenting opinion - a lesson we could all use.
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Jul 24, 2018 Samia Mounts
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John Wood Jr. is a Republican who once ran against Maxine Waters for Congress - and came closer to beating her than anyone else ever. He's now the Director of Media Development for Better Angels, and the man responsible for bringing MARA into their media family. Ciaran is a Democrat who serves as Better Angels' Director of Communications. I brought them together to talk about the Supreme Court, and the respect and humility both men brought is exactly what Better Angels and MARA are all about.
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Jul 17, 2018 Samia Mounts
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Karlie & Andrew are both scientists working in the field of neuroscience, and they came together to discuss one of the most polarizing issues in politics today: abortion.​ Karlie believes strongly that the decision to obtain an abortion should be left up to women, and that abortions should be free and legal. Andrew feels the life of an unborn fetus is too valuable to allow a woman to end it - that it's akin to murdering another human being. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Jul 10, 2018 Samia Mounts
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So far on this season, we've heard me and a dude I met in a bar, and a genuine pair of close friends. In this episode, I'm bringing you experts. Kim Iversen is a co-founder of the liberal news media organization, The Left, and Nick Hankoff is the Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Southern California. In this episode, they talk about capitalism versus welfare, and which system is truly more compassionate towards those in need. Transcript and more at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Jul 3, 2018 Samia Mounts
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Greg & Kouhyar came to me through Better Angels (www.better-angels.org). They are the red and blue co-chairs of the Better Angels Southwest Ohio Alliance, and since meeting at a BA workshop last April, they've become the best of friends, in spite of their many, MANY differences. Greg is a conservative Christian, and Kouhyar is a liberal Muslim. How are these two dudes managing to not only be civil with each other, but to maintain a tight friendship? More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Jun 26, 2018 Samia Mounts
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For the first episode of Season 2, I'm challenging myself to have one of these conversations with a conservative man. My conversation partner, Doug, is a researcher working with US Forces Korea, but originally from Jacksonville, Florida. We discuss feminism (which Doug thinks is no longer necessary and I think is absolutely vital for society to move forward) and white privilege (which Doug thinks doesn't exist and I feel very strongly that it does). More at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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May 22, 2018 Samia Mounts
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The second season of Make American Relate Again will premiere on June 26, 2018! Season 2 will feature a different liberal and conservative having a conversation about a specific political issue each week, and I'm currently looking for guests across the US for the show. If you or someone you know is interested in being on the show, please email me at makeamericarelateagain@gmail.com. I'll send you a short questionnaire to get you started, and if selected, I'll record you right in your home city...
In Part 2 of my conversation with Niky Shea, we talk Antifa protestors, how extremism is making it hard for the rest of us to communicate with each other, how Trump legitimized the alt-right, LGBTQ rights under the Trump administration, the Russia investigation, climate change, and how life experiences can deeply affect your political decisions. A smorgasbord of topics to wrap up Season 1. Fact checks and transcript available at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
Burlesque dancer and model Niky Shea describes herself as a moderate, and she wanted to come on the show to explain why comparisons between Trump and Hitler make no sense. We ended up talking for over three hours with no breaks about nearly every major issue surrounding the 2016 election and the Trump administration. This is the first half of that conversation. Fact checks and transcript available at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
This mini-episode features my phone call update with Alley Mulrain, recorded on August 10, 2017. We talk about how Alley thinks President Trump is doing so far, the situation with North Korea, the Paris Climate Agreement, and LGBTQ rights under the Trump administration. Show notes and transcript available at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
This episode features Part 2 of my conversation with the wonderful Alley Mulrain, who sensed my need to rant at length on all sorts of issues important to liberals. was willing to listen with an open mind, and somehow didn't strangle me. We talked climate change, terrorism, social programs, why liberals see Trump as scapegoating minority groups, and why the GOP is against marriage equality. Fact checks and transcript available at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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So much has happened in politics since Sarah and I last spoke in early March, so I gave her a call on July 30, 2017, to see if her opinions have evolved since then. I'm so glad I did - she had a lot to say. Find fact checks and a transcript of this mini-episode at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Sarah Ito is many things: an Army vet, a career Wall Streeter, a lesbian, a feminist, an actor, and a writer. She's worked alongside legendary feminist and gay rights icons like Jean O'Leary and Ginny Vida. She's the most unlikely Trump voter I could ever have imagined, but she sure knew her stuff and had really clear, well-formed opinions. Find a transcript of this episode and detailed fact checks at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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In this special bonus episode, my high school bestie Marsha explains white privilege to Anne, my guest from Episode 7. Marsha is a diversity teacher at a university, and she's black. The patient, passionate way Marsha unpacks white privilege is a lesson for all of us on how to transform uncomfortable conversations into teaching moments, and the way Anne absorbed the information shows that this way of communicating works. Show Notes & transcript available at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Jul 18, 2017 Samia Mounts
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As a liberal who grew up in a country where civilians don't really have guns, I've never understood the fiery debate over gun control. We all value human life, guns threaten that, so get rid of them - that's always been my thinking. Thanks to Anne, I have a new perspective on this issue. It hasn't changed my opinions, but I'll never jump to judgement about people who are attached to their guns again. Find fact checks and a transcript of this episode at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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Jul 11, 2017 Samia Mounts
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You knew it was coming, and here it is. The abortion episode. My guest, who we'll call Melissa, asked to remain anonymous because of the deeply personal nature of what she shared with me. Melissa is adamantly anti-abortion, but she's had three abortions herself - something she's kept a secret from almost everyone in her life. The conversation gets pretty heavy. Find a transcript and fact checks at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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My guest is the fabulously talented, vivacious Alley Mulrain, born in Long Island and now living in New Rochelle, NY. Alley is my friend in real life, so we already had a great rapport. I was shaken from recording Episode 2 with Yolanda Aponte earlier that day, and I ended up going off on a rant about the Russia scandal. For you liberals waiting for me to say my piece with no filters, this one's for you. Find fact checks and a transcript at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
This episode features Part 2 of my conversation with the intelligent, passionate Ashley Rollo of Freehold, NJ. We talk about the economy and Benghazi, and share a laugh over how a conservative and a liberal can talk politics over coffee without throwing punches. We actually agreed on plenty of issues, and Ashley redefined what I think of as the conservative mindset. She gave me hope for the future of American politics. Find fact checks and a transcript at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
This episode features the first half of my conversation with New Jersey native and lifelong conservative Ashley Rollo. In Part 1, we talk a bit about immigration and Bernie vs. Hillary, but the conversation is dominated by an intense discussion concerning Pussygate, sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, feminism and rape culture in America. It gets real personal. Find a transcript and fact checks at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
This episode features my conversation with Yolanda Aponte, a Puerto Rican woman from Long Island, NY. She's a kickass person with a happy marriage and five sons. Her home was warm and full of love. So it was super weird for me to discover that she buys into some of the worst right-wing conspiracy theories. Find a transcript and fact checks at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com
In the first episode of Make America Relate Again, I talk with a woman we'll call Ellen, a 70-something retiree from Michigan. We discuss everything from Hillary Clinton's trustworthiness to Pussygate to the Electoral College. But the most compelling parts of the conversation center on Islamophobia, and how the actions of destructive terrorist groups have colored Western culture's perspective the world's second largest religion. Find fact checks and a transcript at...
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May 26, 2017 Samia Mounts
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The official trailer for upcoming political podcast Make America Relate Again, featuring host Samia Mounts talking politics with female Trump voters from all over America. Click subscribe and don't miss the premiere episode, coming June 6!